ITHACA, NY – On Thursday, June 30, Ithacans will gather in The Commons to spend a special message of love and support to the city of Orlando and the LGBT community in the form of a community photograph.

On June 12. 49 people were killed and 53 injured when a gunman attacked Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

Following the attack, Ithacans held a number of vigils and others shows of support for the victims of and their families. A brainstorming session was also held to generate more ideas on how Ithaca send its support to Orlando.

One of the results of that brainstorming session is the inaugural “Ithaca is Love” event to be held on Thursday. Ithaca Alderperson Deb Mohlenhoff outlined the details in an email:

For this event, people will be gathering on the Commons wearing shirts of each different color of the rainbow. At 5:30, everyone will line up by color and at 5:45, an aerial photograph will be taken from atop Center Ithaca, capturing the people of Ithaca as sort of “human rainbow.”

The photo and an accompanying letter will be sent on to various groups in Orlando, including the mayor of Orlando, the owner of Pulse Nightclub and Orlando emergency responders.

Starting at 4 p.m., t-shirts of varying colors with the “Ithaca is Love” logo (in the style of Ithaca is Gorges) will be sold for $10. Attendees can also wear their own red, orange, bright yellow, green, blue, or purple shirts to participate.

CFCU will also be giving out “Ithaca is Love” buttons. Several downtown businesses are also offering discounts to anyone wearing an Ithaca Is Love shirt or button.

There will also be an info booths providing information on LGBT issues, voter registration forms and easy ways to contact legislators about important issues.

At the time of this writing, over 400 people have indicated that they will be attending the event on its Facebook page.

Michael Smith

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